Issue 6, 2017. December-January

   

SNOW, SUN AND SKIING: A GUIDE TO GEORGIA'S WINTER RESORTS

Georgia may have built its tourism industry as a sunny getaway to Batumi and its Black Sea beaches, but the country is equally inviting for winter travel.

Home to five major ski resorts, Georgia has something for everyone.

Gudauri is the closest ski resort to Tbilisi-just 121 km from the capital-which makes it a popular winter weekend playground for Tbilisians.


It sits in the greater Caucasus mountain range, 2,200 m above sea level. Gudauri has been the site of major investment from the government, and has 57 kilometers of ski runs. There is also heli-skiing and, for the non-skiers, tubing.

Bakuriani is in the lower Caucasus, about 180 km from the capital Tbilisi and just 30 km from the town of Borjomi-which is also a resort town in its own right, famous for its ancient mineral water springs.

Tucked in the beautiful Borjomi Gorge, Bakuriani is located about 1700 meters above sea level and enjoys snowy winter weather from December to March. Locally, it is best known as a resort for families and boasts of a good beginners slope and plenty of activities for non-skiers. Neighboring Mitarbi is scheduled to be connected to Bakuriani's Kokhta ski area.

Mestia and Tetnuldi are located in Georgia's breathtakingly beautiful mountainous region of Svaneti. The region is home to the highest peaks in the country, according to skigeorgia.ge: Tsurungala (4220 meters), Ailama (4550 m), Shkhara (5068 m), Jangha (5060 m), Gestola (4860 m), Tikhtingen (4620 m), Tetnuldi (4860 m), Mazeri (4010 m) and Chatini (4370 m), which neighbor the famous Mt. Ushba (4700 m.)

Goderdzi is located in the western region of Adjara.

The resort is 109 km from Batumi and 252 km from Tbilisi. It is 2,000 meters above sea level, and offers eight kilometers of ski runs. It is an all-year resort, with the ski season running from November to May.